The phone rang and I answered it. “Hello.”
“Larry, my pastor has just had a massive heart attack. Will you pray along with me for him to be healed?” the caller asked.
I usually would have agreed with the caller and prayed for healing, but the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: “I’m taking the pastor home. Don’t pray for him to be healed. Pray for him and his family to have peace.”
Doesn’t the Lord always heal according to our faith and prayers? The simple answer: Maybe.
You see, I believe the Bible is filled with absolutes and guidelines.
The absolutes include such revelations as one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. These absolutes are perfect truths that never ever have one exception to them. Period.
Now, as far as the guideline principles in the Bible go, we have to pray and believe them by faith, but even at that, the Lord still has to agree with our petitions. He is the final Judge.
So, in the pastor’s case above, the Lord had a reason for taking the man home. The Lord never told me His reasons nor did I ask Him. I trust that God is a good God and knows what He is doing.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray for American believers to contend earnestly for the true faith that has been entrusted to us and that we do not settle for a compromised, perverted faith which resembles a cloud without water. (Based on Jude 1:3, 4, and 12)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.
2 responses to “Tuesday’s Prayers for America (1/20/2015)”
Excellent! As Registered Nurse in multiple areas of the medical field, I have seen first-hand where “to live” is not always the best. You are writing about a concept that MANY need to know about. It is a myth that “death is always bad.” To suffer as an invalid with multiple hospitalizations where one will be receiving countless PAINFUL IV sticks, lab draws, repeated lab draws, and more Intravenous needle sticks and more lab draws, constant interruptions with never a period of over 2 hours to rest and perpetual loud noises and privacy invasions – all against “the one’s” will – well, THIS CAN BE worse than dying IF it true that the person would go to Heaven. THAT; the existence of Heaven and Hell, is another long debate. Thank you for allowing the comment.
Thanks for your input. God bless you today.